Outdoor Education

At Ravenswood school we value a holistic approach to education.  This is why many of our secondary classes have the opportunity to participate in Outdoor Education.  The lessons are delivered by an Outdoor-Instructor qualified teacher with a passion for providing fun opportunities for personal development along with an appreciation of nature.



Starting speech marksWe fully believe in the power of Outdoor Education in developing pupils' emotional resilience, self-esteem, confidence and trust as well as developing physical skills such as motor development, balance, strength and stamina.Ending speech marks



Pupils take part in weekly sessions for the entire academic year, almost all of which are offsite at different venues.  Here's an example of our Outdoor Education programme:



Term Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4
(Working towards AQA awards)
1 On school site
Get to know you / safety / fire
On school site
Gardening project / Team work / Leadership
2 Woodland discovery Bushcraft survival
3 Indoor climbing Indoor climbing
4 Adapted cycling / bike maintenance Horse Care 
5 Exploring habitats Canoeing
6 Sailing / animal care Mock abseiling / Outdoor Climbing



April 2022: Check out the report from our Kilve Court residential trip:  Kilve Diary



DofE Logo



Ravenswood pupils also get the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award as part of the Options enrichment curriculum delivered by teaching staff.  We have successfully run the Duke of Edinburgh Award every year since 2014.  Pupils commit to learning new skills, they also complete an expedition.


Duke of Edinburgh is a universally recognised qualification, and we are so proud of all our students who take part.  The scheme offers our pupils opportunities to work in a team and individually, experience an overnight stay away from home, and develop communication and independence skills.  All pupils irrespective of their need can achieve and succeed in their learning; developing new skills and strengthening others.



Starting speech marksIt is a very successful scheme, and in past years we have seen pupils grow in confidence, overcome personal fears and anxieties and establish self help skills.Ending speech marks



Our pupils have achieved Bronze and Silver Awards and we are hoping to extend the scheme to offer the Gold Award in the near future. 


The scheme is divided up into four elements: Voluntary section, Skills section, Physical section and The Expedition.  In the past we have completed a variety of skills in each of the sections which include map reading, cooking, navigating and orienteering, fire lighting, community voluntary work and fund raising, team building, swimming, canoeing, bell ringing, golf and leadership.



Term Options group Y10-Y13
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
1 Activities at school - Team work / basic camp skills and class based map reading
Voluntary section begins
Offsite activity – Skills section
2 Offsite activity - skills section
3 Off and onsite activities - Physical section
4 On and offsite activities - Physical section
5 Preparing for Expedition – map reading, practice walks, cooking, fire-lighting, testing and checking equipment
6 Practice and final Expeditions - 2 and 3-day over-night camps